This project propose a novel fast frequency response and power oscillation damping control by large scale PV plants controlled as STATCOM, termed PV-STATCOM, to simultaneously enhance frequency regulation and small signal stability of power systems. Frequency deviations typically occur together with power oscillations in large power systems. The proposed controller comprises: i) Power Oscillation Damping
(POD) controller based on reactive power modulation; and ii) Fast Frequency Response (FFR) controller based on real power modulation, both of which are applied to the plant level controller of PV-STATCOMs. The proposed composite control is shown to successfully reduce frequency deviations, damp power oscillations and provide voltage regulation both during over frequency and under frequency events. The proposed smart inverter control makes effective utilization of the PV inverter capacity and available solar power. For large power flows, the proposed control is shown to be superior to the conventional droop control recommended by North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) for generating plants. Matlab/Simulink based simulations are conducted on two area power system using generic PV plant dynamic models developed by Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), for a wide range of system operating conditions. Such grid support functionality is expected to bring new revenue making opportunities for PV solar farms.